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Oslo Metro Taps Zaha Hadid Architects for Its Expansion

The transit project is part of an effort not only to better connect a far-flung corner of the city, but to brand a development site as sleek and forward-looking.
Zaha Hadid Architect's new station at Fornebu Senter features a dramatic entrance with a sweeping roof that curves above a sunken, glass-covered concourse, all of it set in hillocky parkland.
Zaha Hadid Architect's new station at Fornebu Senter features a dramatic entrance with a sweeping roof that curves above a sunken, glass-covered concourse, all of it set in hillocky parkland.VA

Nordic countries are going through a bit of a subway building boom at the moment. All of the region’s capitals excluding Reykjavik are getting major new connections, with Stockholm launching a new metro in 2020, and a new link orbiting the center of Copenhagen opening in summer 2019. Oslo is slightly behind its neighbors, but the Norwegian capital now has a new, six-station Fornebu line due to start service in 2025.

As renderings released this month reveal, Oslo’s new line will likely make up for its tardy arrival with striking aesthetics and high profile designers. Among the architects announced for the line’s terminals is one of the biggest and splashiest in the world, Zaha Hadid Architects, whose two stations for the line should be one of the most high profile designs from the studio since the death of Hadid herself in 2016. The other four stations on the line will be designed by Gottlieb Paludan, Asplan Viak, and Mestres Wåge Arkitekter.